Alright, time to talk air quality. We breathe constantly. Every second our lungs are putting in work. Unless we are deliberately holding our breath, most of us are breathing all the time. Thank God.
How aware are you of the air quality where you live?
Sadly, in most places, the air quality is downright terrible. Try not to let it stress you out or anything, but we believe it’s important to know.
Pollution doesn’t seem to want to end, does it? None of us are unaware of how bad it is but have you ever stopped to think about what you can do to improve it? We find it too easy to focus on the negatives which is why we try to bring you all the good stuff! Think about where you spend the most time. Did home or office pop up? Many of us never leave these two places unless it’s the weekend and we are out and about. Let’s start changing some things. Deal?
The dangerous effects of indoor air pollution can never be overlooked. Exposure to the odorless and colorless carbon monoxide, second-hand tobacco smoke, mold, wood smoke, radon and asbestos in high concentrations can lead to various health problems. If that wasn’t enough, our skies above are constantly bombarded with pollutants and we breath it all in. Most of us are very aware of how awful the air we breathe is, so we hope a few examples will light the fuse to get the process started.
Since most of us spend much of our lives indoors, we are significantly affected by indoor air pollution. None of us like to hear it we know. However, it’s our duty to each other to spread the word and make each other aware. Respiratory tract infections, nausea, headaches, fatigue, and eye irritation are just a few of the wide range of short- and long-term health problems associated with poor indoor air quality.
According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is responsible for many health problems plaguing us today. Certain people like the elderly, children and people with pre-existing health conditions are more susceptible to the health risks of exposure to indoor air contaminants. We must prevent these hazards by ensuring that exposure to the pollutants is reduced to as little as possible.
What are the ways to reduce exposure to indoor air pollutants?
Exposure to secondhand smoke can be prevented by making sure that indoor use of tobacco is prohibited. Although the source of other pollutants may not be easy to eliminate, proper ventilation can reduce them to a great extent. Allow outdoor air to come in and clean your place out. You can also utilize air-filtering plants, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers with HEPA filters to reduce the level of pollutants inside your home.
You should pay attention to poisonous carbon monoxide levels coming from furnaces, stoves, blocked chimney flues, and water heaters. Nausea, slight headache and other flu-like symptoms are often experienced after mild exposure to this toxic gas. Extreme exposure is a whole different story that we won’t get into.
Inspect your home appliances that use fuel and ensure that they are working properly. Installation of a carbon monoxide alarm with the UL certification mark also plays a vital role in safeguarding the health of your household.
At Green Energy Approved, we want to keep you informed. Knowing simple facts about our day to day not only help ourselves but all of those around us. It is vital we speak up and share the information that helps keeps us healthier. Drop the seed and help another person. Stay educated. Stay aware. GO TEAM!
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